Derek Sivers

Me in 10 seconds

I’ve been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher.

Monomaniac, introvert, slow thinker, and love finding a different point of view.

California native, I now live in New Zealand.

Me in 10 minutes?

See my “about” page.

What am I doing now?

See my “now” page.

Contact me?

See why you should, though read my frequently asked questions, first.


Anything You Want book cover

Anything You Want (2011)

40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur: my tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby

Your Music and People book cover

Your Music and People (2020)

getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected

Hell Yeah or No book cover

Hell Yeah or No (2020)

thoughts around what’s worth doing, fixing faulty thinking, and getting things done

How to Live book cover

How to Live (2020?)

radically different approaches to life, in succinct directives


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Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 250+ books I’ve read
Now Now Now
a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文


3 short talks from the TED Conference.
Anything You Want
7 short animations from my book “Anything You Want”.
Uncommon Sense
Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
Conference Presentations
Talks from other conferences, all subjects.


You can listen to over 80 hours of interviews, where I’m the guest.

Each one has an MP3 you can download, or a transcript if you prefer to read.

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September 12
Real question: What's the difference between feminism and anti-sexism?
September 1
One of the best (and funniest) things I ever did was produce this album by “Captain T” : +
August 28
An open mind, like an open mouth, must eventually close on something.
August 27
Sincere question: What non-obvious ways do you find or make BALANCE in your world?
August 6
$250K books sold. $250K to save lives.
August 5
Changed to because it's shorter. (No other reason. “.org” felt like unnecessary noise.)